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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 05/26/2011
“I want to deliver a warning this afternoon: When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they will be stunned and they will be angry” 
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
MSNBC 05/27/2011
"The key here of course is to strike a balance between fighting terrorism ferociously and at the same time being sensitive to civil liberties, but if the law is being interpreted differently than it is written that can undermine public confidence make it hard to win the support we need for key intelligence programs."
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/28/2012
“It is an important time for American security. It is also an important time for American liberty. And to paraphrase Ben Franklin as I did yesterday, those who give up their liberty in order to have security, as Ben Franklin said, really don't deserve either. The two are not mutually exclusively, Mr. President. We can do both. That's what the constitutional teeter-totter has always been" (about.)
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/28/2012
The Congress cannot get a yes or no answer to the yes of whether wholly domestic communications between law-abiding Americans in this country have been warrantlessly intercepted under the law. That is the case today. Colleagues, it is not real oversight when”…
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/28/2012
Wyden: I have worked very hard to get at least a little bit of information on this, and we have been able to declassify that there has been a fourth amendment violation in the past. I believe without this information that Senator Udall and I have sought that is behind this amendment, those who say that there must be robust) "Congressional oversight of this program ought to reflect on the fact that without this information, which is so essential to do our work, oversight is not robust, it's toothless. It's toothless if you cannot get an answer to the question as to whether or not an estimate exists as to how many Americans have had their communications swept up.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 03/12/2013
Answering a question from Senator Wyden, "...can you give me a yes or no answer to the question, does the government collect any data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"  Director Clapper answered, "No sir." Wyden asked, "It does not?" Clapper answered, "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly."
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 03/17/2013
Part 1: Wyden: if an intelligence agency wants to track an American inside the United States, how much evidence do they need? Clapper: First, particularly in the case of NSA and CIA, there are strictures against tracking American citizens in the United States for foreign intelligence purposes. And that’s what those agencies are set up to do.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 03/17/2013
Part 2: Wyden: What I would like to do is see if we can get a direct answer to the question about when the intel community needs to get a warrant, for example, when a lesser amount of evidence would do. And second, the circumstances when no specific evidence is needed at all. And the FISA law does not specify whether a warrant is required.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 03/17/2013
Part 3: Mueller: (the standard of that warrant is still up in the air.) For a more precise answer to a particular question on a particular monitoring, I would have to be more factually based and then apply the law to that particular set of facts. Wyden: Director Mueller, you have identified the exact reason why I'm trying to get an answer from Director Clapper. Because there is no question we will watch what the courts will do in the days ahead. The question is, what will be the rights of Americans while that is still being flushed out? The fact is FISA does not specify whether a warrant is required.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/23/2013
(Congress could) get the full story in a classified setting but that does not exclude the practice of half truths and misleading statements being made public record. When did it become all right for government officials' public statements and private statements to differ so fundamentally? The answer is that it is not all right, and it is indicative of a much larger culture of misinformation that goes beyond the Congressional hearing room and into the public conversation writ large.
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